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Venezuela recalls top US-based diplomat for consultations

The Venezuelan government has recalled its top US-based diplomat, Maximilien Sanchez Arvelaiz, for “immediate” consultations in the wake of new US sanctions, Efe news agency reported.

“We have called Maximilien Arvelaiz, the charge d’affaires in the United States, home for immediate consultations,” said Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez on her Twitter account on Monday.

Barack Obama on Monday ordered the imposition of recently-approved sanctions on several Venezuelan officials and declared a “national emergency” due to the “extraordinary risk” posed for US security by the South American country’s current situation. The declaration of a “national emergency” is a tool whereby the US president may apply sanctions against a country under certain circumstances and which allows him to take measures going beyond what Congress has approved.
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